Crawling by faith (Hebrews 11: 1)
By: Lia Martin
Today’s Bible verse is Hebrews 11: 1 – But faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see.
Have you read the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11? It honors a diverse list of ordinary people who have pleased God.
By what incredible feat have they pleased the Creator of heaven and earth?
As I read this list today in Hebrews 11, I remembered that his Word is alive. Because somehow, if you’re drawn to it, God will speak the truth in your soul. He knows better than we do why we find ourselves in front of specific passages … whether it’s in your Bible, on your podcast, or even on YouTube.
The search for his Word is not always due to the fact that we are Christians carrying out our daily work or desiring to benefit from his blessing. Often times, opening the Bible or standing in line for this study can be a slow and painful admission that you have nowhere to go. You forgot that God sees, or that He cares.
Maybe you’ve lost something, or someone, or a sense of belonging.
Over the past year, I have often found myself lost… in fear, sadness and loneliness. Maybe you felt that too. In a world teetering with high technology and low contact distance, we want to run away and hide from a blueprint that is beyond our control. Because when we fill our agendas and do good (or at least we think so), we are often ambushed by the reality that nothing is certain except God.
And thank goodness for that.
Because when betrayal, deception, or rejection befalls your best prepared plans, there is always something worth hanging on by faith: the everlasting and everlasting presence of God.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t run to God, or even walk by faith. You can crawl by faith. Breathe your next breath by faith. Hope by faith. Even in the darkest times.
2 Corinthians 5: 7 tells us, “For we walk by faith, not on sight.“
Reading the biblical heroes who walked by faith, it became clear to me that today I can only crawl. Or lengthen. My faith has days when my feet are knocked out beneath me.
In these times, my friend, when you may only be able to breathe your way to the truth, rest in the knowledge that even when you do not know what your desire is… the Spirit intercedes.
You can’t see Spirit, but you can trust, by faith in the word of God, that even your wordless groans are understood. Romans 8:27 reminds you that “the Spirit intercedes for the people of God according to the will of God”.
If you want to have a faith that is pleasing to God, remember that everything is His. He owns everything. You gave him everything when you chose Jesus. You can’t make people stay, keep them in their faith, or heal them. This is his job.
So free him every day, good and bad. He has given us the will to choose faith over fear, peace over anxiety, and eternal life over the temptations of the world.
His ways are the origin and the meaning of life. His manners are the reason we marvel at the smallest treasure, or seemingly insignificant moments delight us. Let me encourage you now, that if you can run by faith, walk by faith, or only crawl to the source of eternal life … give it all again by praying Psalm 51: 10—
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew in me a firm spirit.
Then ask him to give you confidence in what you hope for and confidence in what you cannot see.
Lia martin loves to inspire others to lean on the Lord daily. She is a writer, editor, marketer, former editor of Crosswalk.com Faith, and author of Wisdom at Wit’s End: Abandoning Supermom Myths in Search of Supernatural Peace. When not cultivating words, she enjoys taking nature walks, reading, exploring the latest health trends and laughing with her two wonderful children. She blogs at liamartinwriting.com.
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